|The Walker River Paiute Indian Reservation was established by executive Order on March 19, 1874 under the administration of U.S. President, Ulysses Grant. Paiute’s were the primary Tribe to settle in this area. Agai-Dicutta, in our language, means the Trout Eaters. We are the Agai-Dicutta Band of Northern Paiute Nation.
The Paiute Indians were peaceful people and ruled over their own affairs. There was no need for chiefs since battles were almost non-existent. In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s the Indians began farming. A cattle herd was purchased and crops of alfalfa were grown and harvested. The people lived in small shelters and cooked their food on open fires and in underground ovens.
We, the Agai-Dicutta Numu (Trout Eaters People) Band of the Northern Paiute have lived within this area of the great Basin for tens of thousand of years. We lived in extended matrilineal groups within defined geographical areas. Inter-geographical seasonal gatherings occurred when our bands came together for food gatherings and ceremonies. The Census of April 1, 1933 for the Bishop Paiute Reservation was part of the Walker River jurisdiction and was taken by Ray parrett, Superintendent. In 1926 the Bishop Paiute Tribe became a ward of Central California. The maintenance of relations with each other and the earth where cultural values were imperative in understanding the history of the Paiute Tribe.
The diet of the Agai-Dicutta Numu came for the trout that was abundant and the Walker River ran deep and clear to the Walker Lake. The Weber Reservoir still provides trout, bass, catfish, crappies, and other species of fish. The diets of these people were comprised of mostly small game that such as: geese, mud hen ducks, wild jack rabbits, prairie dogs, ground hogs, and some larger game that included: deer, antelope, and mountain sheep. The other source of food came from seeds which were: waigrass, taboosi, pine nuts, buck berries, and thorn berries (hu pwi) that were found in the desert land.